Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 354,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $308.76 (10/23/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1897 S $5 MS obverse 1897 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1897-S Liberty $5 gold half eagle only had a mintage of 354,000 pieces. Few were saved, and not many survived in mint state. In fact, NGC has only graded four coins above MS64.

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1897 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 375 385 400 415 435 465 535 585 675 1000 1100 1600 4600 7150 - 19900 36000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 2000 - - - - 45000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 420
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 69


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
3/8/2005 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #25033, 25033/Lot# 11506 $230.00
7/17/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 266, 272/Lot# 6140 $379.50
8/8/2010 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2902, 2902/Lot# 2772 $368.00
8/11/2010 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 5980 $3,450.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2895 $1,207.50
12/22/2013 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 166/Lot# 141804 $396.00
8/5/2014 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 8643 $499.38
3/27/2015 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 6095 $15,275.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 $5 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base921993101010271051109211081115125713261460169717992345387549525582721093221277533
9459991016103510651097111011621280137115391731198128554234516261257914104731277530
000000111011621280137115391731198128554234516261257914104731277500
000000111312101303141516181765216333654593537266678618116241277500
1897 $5 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base865933949966990102810441051109511101138118612711505196947564992695186441184233
8889389559741003103310461066110011191154121413491660289848355645751597101184230
00000010461066110011191154121413491660289848355645751597101184200
000000104910801105112911701243142718143827491362988080107761184200
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1271
Owner: WFH71
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1110
Owner: ddr70
 
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